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Avengers 2 Dominated (Almost) Every Country This Weekend [Updated]

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The reign of Furious 7 continues as The Age of Ultron looms. James Wan’s film topped the American box office again this weekend, pulling in $16-$17 million and bringing its domestic total to around $318 million. But that reign may end soon: Joss Whedon’s incalculably-hyped Avengers 2 has been dominating the foreign box office, winning all 26 of the markets in which it opened so far. Update: According to The Wrap, Avengers: Age of Ultron ended the weekend with $201 million total, earning the top spot in all 44 territories in which it opened, surpassing the already high expectations. The IMAX returns are the largest non-China international opening of all time with $10.4 million. Breaking records and taking no prisoners, the $279 million blockbuster held a 96 percent market share in Korea, 79 percent in Australia, 75 percent in Germany, and 91 percent in Russia. Collectively, it made $44.8 million »


- Greg Cwik

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Outlander’s Laura Donnelly on Saturday Night’s Attempted-Rape Scene and What It’s Like to Play a Pregnant Woman

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Spoilers ahead for the most recent episode of Outlander. Laura Donnelly first appeared on Outlander as Jenny in a flashback scene earlier this season, when it appeared Black Jack Randall was dragging her into her home to rape her. So when Jamie is finally reunited with his sister and discovers that she's both had a child and gotten pregnant again since he last saw her, he goes berserk, believing the first child is the product of rape. Not so fast, Jenny tells him, and fills us in on what really happened on that horrible day. Vulture chatted with Donnelly about going to drama school with Sam Heughan (Jamie), breast-feeding in public, and the attempted-rape scene.How did going to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Sam Heughan help you play his sister?He was the year above me, but we hung out a bit and stayed in »


- Jennifer Vineyard

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Outlander Recap: Throwback Thursday at Lallybroch

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The camera careens joyfully across the green panorama of Scotland as though it is Middle-earth before zeroing in on our Frodo and Sam, Jamie and Claire, traveling not toward Mordor but toward Jamie’s estate Lallybroch. They are on horseback, giggling about airplanes and how old Claire is (“When I’m 40, you’ll be 245!”).The glee dissipates, though, when they see Lallybroch in the distance and Jamie flashes back to his own whipping and the assault of his sister Jenny there at the hands of his nemesis, English Captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall. There were rumors, he tells Claire grimly, that Randall impregnated his sister. Now he has to face the truth, whatever it is. You wouldn’t like Jamie when he’s angry. But you would like his hair. You’d have to. His hair is amazing. Where did he manage to get it cut like that in the wild? »


- Ester Bloom

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Orphan Black Recap: Where Are These Mangoes?

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The Castor boys are back to their rowdy ways, but not for long. Scarface (Rudy) and Mustache (Seth) kick off this week's episode by surprise-double-teaming another woman that Scarface has picked up and brought back to their hotel room. As a normal person, she's not too jazzed about being tricked into a threesome; fortunately, they let her go, but, as we learn later when she reports the incident (coincidentally to Art's precinct), not before they force her to give them all of her contact information as well as a chunk of her hair? Could be a sex offender M.O. thing, but probably something more … scientific. We also find out that they both – or, presumably, all – have the same tattoo: a two-headed horse, a black-ops insignia, and an artistic reference to the Castor and Pollux Greek myth. (See side notes below.)Everyone's favorite Dilf Cal is back, too, and true »

- Devon Maloney

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Watch: Man of Steel With Its Color Added Back

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Man of Steel left a lot of Superman fans feeling cold. In the film, Henry Cavill's superhero destroys half of a city in an epic fight, which ends with Superman snapping his foe's neck. Directed by Zack Snyder, whose upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been stirring a lot of conversation regarding the current state of dark, brooding superhero movies, Man of Steel looks bleak and drained of its color. Well, fear not: VideoLab has restored that color, showing us how gorgeous Man of Steel looked before it had its life sapped, Dark Crystal–style, in postproduction. »


- Greg Cwik

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Nearly 17 Million People Watched ABC's Bruce Jenner Interview

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Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bruce Jenner attracted a very big audience Friday night on ABC. Just under 17 million people watched the tastefully-done two-hour telecast, a big number for any TV show these days but particularly impressive because the chat aired on Fridays, when viewing levels are generally down. The Jenner interview did very well among viewers in all age demographic groups, scoring a 5.2 rating with adults under 50; it was also seen by about one in four younger women watching TV Friday. It will also likely rank as the most-watched TV broadcast this week. While news broadcasts generally don’t attract a lot of time-shifted viewing, there’s a good chance this one will add substantially to its tally once DVR ratings get calculated in the coming days. It would also be surprising if ABC doesn’t re-broadcast the special within the next few weeks, though as of it yet, »


- Joe Adalian

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Super Troopers 2 Fundraiser Made $4.4 Million

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Broken Lizard, the cult comedy troupe responsible for Club Dread and Beerfest, will be making a sequel to their beloved Super Troopers.  Variety reports that Broken Lizard’s Indiegogo campaign not only surpassed its $2 million goal, it earned a whopping $4.4 million, usurping Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here as the second-most successful crowdsourced film campaign ever, behind Veronica Mars, which made $5.7 million. Desperation may be a stinky cologne, but crowdsourcing is totally legit. As an incentive for donations, the troupe released its first film, Tin Foil Monkey Agenda, exclusively to contributors. The original Super Troopers, made for a miniscule $1.2 million in 2001, earned $23 million at the box office. It depicts the misadventures of a handful of inept (but utterly lovable) Vermont state troopers, who spend their time filling lockers with shaving cream and eating maple syrup. The original five dopey Vermont state troopers — Jay Chandrasekhar, »


- Greg Cwik

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Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello Are Writing a New Batman Comic

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Since Tim Burton’s brooding, black-as-oil Batman hit theaters in 1989, the cinematic world of Bob Kane’s iconic detective has drawn invariably from the comics of Frank Miller. Miller’s 1986 The Dark Knight Returns, a four-part story about Batman’s return from retirement and self-imposed exile, seeped into the crevices of every subsequent comic-book movie, from Sam Raimi’s Darkman to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy; but it most notably acted as a template for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which practically owes alimony to Miller. The brooding, hulking, neo-fascist Batman favored by Burton and Nolan stems from Miller’s Reagan-era creation, which erased memories of Adam West’s campy Caped Crusader from the minds of an entire generation.Now Miller will return to pen a new Batman comic, according to the Verge. The comic, called The Dark Knight III: The Master Race (hopefully an ironic title), is the »


- Greg Cwik

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Jared Leto’s Joker Looks Insane In the Membrane

25 April 2015 8:56 AM, PDT

Having previously teased what Jared Leto’s Joker would look like, David Aeyers, director of the forthcoming Suicide Squad, tweeted a picture of Leto in full Joker garb last night that went viral faster than the Bubonic plague. With the Ha Ha HAs from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s iconic The Killing Joke adorning his chest and a pair of grinning teeth and blood-red lips on his arm, Leto’s Joker looks like a fleshy amalgam of ’80s-era Batman, Grant Morrison's brilliant Batman R.I.P., and Marilyn Manson. »


- Greg Cwik

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Bruce Jenner Comes Out As Transgender: ‘It’s Just Who I Am’

25 April 2015 8:16 AM, PDT

On Friday night, ABC aired its much-anticipated two-hour interview with Bruce Jenner. And as many had expected, Jenner came out as transgender and revealed that he is in the process of transitioning from male to female. During the interview, he talked to Diane Sawyer about his long, difficult journey, offering insight into his deeply personal experience. We want to let Jenner tell his own story (he explicitly stated that he wishes to use the pronoun "he" for now), so we've compiled some of the most enlightening quotations from his conversation with Sawyer. On hiding the truth for so many years: "Being Bruce isn’t easy." "[First ex-wife] Chrystie was the first person I told." (They were married from 1972 to 1981.) On telling his family: "I downplayed it. When you love somebody, you don't want to hurt them." “My brain is much more female than it is male.” “For all intents »


- Greg Cwik

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Daredevil Recap: Saints and Martyrs

24 April 2015 2:27 PM, PDT

A lot happening in this episode, but first: This show needs (needed?) more Claire. She comes back near the beginning of this episode to re-stitch up Matt, and it’s the one light, calm moment in an increasingly dark show. It’s not that the darkness isn’t interesting or fun, it’s just that Claire and Matt have a chemistry that is so hard to find in Marvel TV shows. Agent Carter teased a romance that felt dead on arrival and largely irrelevant while Captain America: The First Avenger could suggest a romance in sorrowful glances. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. prefers angst and lies to actual chemistry, which only shows up in amicable divorces. Meanwhile, the romance of the Iron Man movies only culminated after some serious character growth and contained a kind of open, constant communication you don’t even see in most romantic comedies. It’s clear from »


- Sulagna Misra

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Here Are the Best Answers From Chris Pratt’s Reddit Ama

24 April 2015 2:24 PM, PDT

Brace yourselves, Star-Lord is finally on Reddit! After finding out that some awesome Op duped millions of people on April Fools' Day into getting a picture of Chris Pratt's abs to the top of Reddit — with the lie that he said he'd do an Ama if they did — the actor happily obliged this afternoon (while apparently hung-over) and answered a few questions. (Having a summer blockbuster to promote was probably also a big factor.) Ever the charmer, Pratt gushed about his wife, clarified that Jurassic World is definitely not a reboot, and revealed his secret love for Country Strong. He even premiered a new clip from Jurassic World that has him desperately trying to outrun that new super-dino. Here are just a few of the gems he dropped: All the ways he'd describe Nick Offerman: "Nick is a best selling author. He is a very rare breed. He »


- Dee Lockett

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Britney Spears’s Cover of ‘Tom’s Diner’ Sounds Like a Haunting, Futuristic Diner (That Still Serves Grilled Cheese)

24 April 2015 1:50 PM, PDT

Anyone ever put Suzanne Vega and Britney Spears together? Not until this very moment, when a leaked track from Giorgio Moroder's upcoming album featured Spears doing a cover of the '90s classic. How does it sound? Well, both offensively blasphemous and undeniably catchy:  And if you're wondering if Britney Spears has ever been to a diner before, the answer is yes, duh, she used to work at one:  »


- Lindsey Weber

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Russell Crowe’s Acting Can’t Save Russell Crowe’s Directing in The Water Diviner

24 April 2015 12:38 PM, PDT

It’s clear that Russell Crowe has poured his heart and soul into the historical romance The Water Diviner, his first feature as a director. If only the film were better. Or if only Crowe brought the same subtlety to his direction that he brings to his performance as Joshua Connor, an Australian farmer mourning his three sons in the wake of World War I. When the film opens, the young men’s deaths — just three of the nearly half million soldiers from the United Kingdom and its dominions, France, and the Ottoman Empire consumed by the meat grinder of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign — are still a raw wound in Joshua and his wife Eliza’s lives. He still reads from a book of fairy tales to three empty beds, five years after the battle. The bodies, we’re told, were never found — three nameless corpses in a battlefield strewn »


- Bilge Ebiri

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Duh: Evan Peters is Joining American Horror Story: Hotel

24 April 2015 11:07 AM, PDT

Along with Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters has been in every single iteration of American Horror Story, so it's only natural that he would join them for the fifth season, Hotel. He joins a cast that includes Paulson, Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Chloë Sevigny, and Matthew Bomer. (Jessica Lange, as we all know, bowed out.) On Friday, Ryan Murphy tweeted, "Evan Peters will be waiting for you in Room 64," which for now sounds ominous (or sexy?), but means little. »


- E. Alex Jung

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Lots of People Tuned In to Grey’s Anatomy to Watch You Know Who You Know What

24 April 2015 10:28 AM, PDT

Confirmation of last night’s big McDeparture on Grey’s Anatomy just hours before the episode aired predictably helped boost tune-in for the Shonda Rhimes medical drama — but it didn’t set any ratings records. According to preliminary Nielsen data, the [spoiler alert!] death of Patrick Dempsey’s character lifted the 11-season-old Grey’s to 9.4 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among viewers under 50. Among younger viewers, that’s about 20 percent above the show’s same-day average this season, and its biggest audience since the show’s season premiere (and shift to 8 p.m.) last September. It also ranks as Grey’s most-watched episode during a "May" ratings sweeps — the four-week period from late April through May, which local TV stations use to set ad rates — since 2012. The big boost for Grey’s couldn’t halt the recent same-day ratings slide for Thursday-night stable-mate Scandal, however. At least in early ratings, Scandal ticked »


- Josef Adalian

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Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy Deserved More Than This

24 April 2015 10:13 AM, PDT

Rip, George O’Malley, who died after heroically jumping in front of a bus; Denny Duquette, who died after a heart transplant; Lexie Grey and Mark “McSteamy” Sloan, who both died in a plane crash. This is just the short list of characters showrunner Shonda Rhimes and her staff of writers have killed off over 11 seasons of the medical drama, understandably, for the most part. This show mostly takes place in a hospital — people are going to die. But even on Grey's, major players typically don't die without a fight or (at least!) a full-season arc before their deaths. Last night, without reason, we lost Dr. Derek Shepherd. With little preparation or lead-up, Rhimes (who wrote the episode herself) viciously killed off one half of Grey's golden couple. Dr. Derek Shepherd, known as “McDreamy,” or the "Der" part of “MerDer” (an adorable 'shipping name), was hit by a truck, »


- Lindsey Weber

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Time Magazine’s Richard Corliss Has Died at 71 [Updated]

24 April 2015 9:02 AM, PDT

Time magazine film critic Richard Corliss died Thursday night in New York City after a stroke. He was 71. Corliss worked as a film critic for Time for 35 years, and is survived by his wife, Mary Corliss, also a film critic, and his brother, Paul. Time editor Nancy Gibbs made the announcement in an email to the staff Friday morning. "It’s painful to try to find words, since Richard was such a master of them," Gibbs wrote. "They were his tools, his toys, to the point that it felt sometimes as though he had to write, like the rest of us breathe and eat and sleep." Time also has a touching tribute from theater critic Richard Zoglin, who calls Corliss an "indestructible, inexhaustible resource" for the magazine. Zoglin relays one delightful anecdote where, because of an "arcane" rule, Corliss couldn't add the names of two correspondents who had helped report a story he had written. »


- E. Alex Jung

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New Girls on the Block’s Macy and Sharon on Life After One Partner Changes Gender

24 April 2015 8:28 AM, PDT

The six stars of Discovery Life’s freshman docu-series New Girls on the Block are the anti–Real Housewives. Each of the Kansas City, Missouri–based transgender women has undergone transformative surgery, but as a means of making changes that reflect the gender they identify with, not to stave off old age. They clash over matters of family, friendship, love, and loss, but soberly, and up against the constant judgment of a culture that still largely views them as outsiders. So why, then, would AiYana, Jaimie, Chloe, Kassidy, Macy, or Robyn open up their lives to the wider scrutiny of a reality audience? As Macy (formerly Ken) and her wife Sharon tell it, it’s because they’re the most authentic women they know, and New Girls reflects that.“They basically just show us living our lives, and people can grab on to that and relate to it and respond to it, »


- Kenny Herzog

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Montage of Heck and the Impossible Kurt Cobain

24 April 2015 7:54 AM, PDT

About a half hour into Brett Morgen’s new documentary Montage of Heck, the camera lingers on a note written in the slanted, scratchy handwriting of a teenage Kurt Cobain. It’s intended for his first girlfriend, Tracy Marander, with whom he lived for a little while in Olympia, Washington, while he was first putting together a band he briefly thought of calling Man Bug or Fecal Matter before finally settling on Nirvana. “Don’t read my diary when I’m gone,” the note says. Then, just below it, in the same script: “When you wake up, please read my diary. Look through my things, and figure me out.” What are we to make of this contradiction? What is its tone? Sarcastic? Playful? Needy? Marander hints that it might be all of the above, but the only person who can really tell us for sure has been gone now for 21 years. »


- Lindsay Zoladz

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